Apple TV to launch on Sony, Vizio smart TVs

Apple has confirmed that its Apple TV app will launch on Sony and Vizio smart TVs ‘later this year’. The announcement comes several days after the news that the app would also be made available to 2020, 2019 and 2018 LG smart TVs. It brings the total number of smart TV manufacturers offering Apple TV-built […]

Vizio launches ad business

Smart TV vendor Vizio has announced the creation of a new advertising business unit. The business, Vizio Ads, will allow brands, agencies and advertisers to purchase ad inventory across VIZIO’s SmartCast platform. This includes placements within the launch and discovery environment, partner OTT apps and throughout the platform’s WatchFree service.  Vizio currently has a 17% […]

Vizio improves Alexa functionality

Budget TV maker Vizio has announced additional support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant across its SmartCast TV range.  Previous Alexa capabilities available allowed viewers to perform basic functions such as powering their TVs on or off, changing inputs and playing or pausing video via a nearby Amazon Echo device. The new update allows more content-focused […]

North American smart TV shipments up 10.9% in Q1

North American smart TV shipments grew 10.9% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017 to 7.72 million units, according to Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence. The research claims that the figure compares to 6.96 million North American smart TV shipments in Q1 2016, but has “settled down” compared to the […]

LeEco’s US$2bn takeover of Vizio called off

LeEco’s planned US$2 billion takeover of US TV maker Vizio has been called off, with the company citing “regulatory headwinds” to completing the deal. In place of the takeover, China-based LeEco will still co-operate with Vizio, with the company to give access to its content ecosystem on Vizio TVs, as well as possibly bringing Vizio […]

Vizio pays US$2.2m to settle TV data collection complaint

TV maker Vizio has agreed to pay US$2.2 million to settle an FTC lawsuit challenging its collection of TV viewing data without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General charged Vizio with installing software on its TVs to covertly collect viewing data on […]

Google reportedly teaming up with Vizio for casting direct to TVs

Google is teaming up with TV manufacturer Vizio to make casting capability from a mobile device available on Vizio TVs without the need to open up an app on the device, according to a report by Variety. According to the paper, Vizio is to launch a range of TVs with casting capabilities. Google has already […]

Netflix to put streaming stamp of approval on smart TVs

Netflix is partnering with electronics makers to put ‘Netflix Recommended TV’ logos on smart TVs, in a bid to help shoppers choose televisions that are “built for a superior internet TV experience.” The smart TV evaluation program is designed to identify TVs that will provide an “excellent Netflix experience”, with manufacturers able to highlight products that […]

US homes have an average 1.9 connected TV devices

The average US home now has 1.9 connected TV devices, with ownership of this technology having grown by 28% year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm said that ownership of devices including smart TVs, smart Blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers was up by 5% quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2014 and 28% […]